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Alto saxophonist Marion Brown, a leading jazz avant gardist and music educator, died Oct. 18 in Hollywood, Fla. He was believed to be 79, though some sources list his age as 75.
Brown had been in ill health for many years after multiple surgeries and the partial amputation of a leg, and was in an assisted living facility at his death, according to the website of instrument maker Gibson.
Brown had considered a law career before he moved to New York in 1962 and began playing professionally. He was befriended by …